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Aviation Accidents

It has been predicted that airline accident rates will grow in a corresponding ratio to the increasing number of airline passengers.

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The NTSB, which operates independently of other government agencies, is primarily responsible for investigating aviation accidents and issuing safety recommendations based on its findings. While the NTSB has no direct regulatory or enforcement power with regard to aviation law, it does have significant power of influence on those who can effect change. In fact, approximately 80 percent of all NTSB safety recommendations are adopted by the FAA or other regulatory agencies.

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Aviation law is becoming increasingly important, as the number of passengers and airplane flights grows larger. Human mistakes and mechanical difficulties are two of the most common causes of aviation accidents. Our expert aviation accident attorneys can help families and victims of aircraft accidents and help eliminate preventable disasters from occurring in the future.

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Causes of Aviation Accidents

While air travel is one of the safest methods of transportation, it is estimated to double in the next two decades, increasing the risk of aviation accidents. Aviation accidents are often devastating incidents that may result in serious injuries or fatalities. There are a number of causes of aviation accidents that include human or mechanical errors.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are the agencies responsible for monitoring air travel and investigating aviation accidents. These agencies set and regulate safety standards for pilot conduct, airplane manufacturers, flight operation, and more.

Some of the most common causes of aviation accidents occur as a result of the violation of FAA and NTSB regulations, which govern safety rules. Some other causes of aviation accidents include, but are not limited to:

  • Pilot or flight crew errors – Pilot errors are the number one cause of aviation accidents and account for the highest number of fatalities. Pilots have the responsibility to transport passengers safely from one place to another and follow all the FAA and NTSB regulations to better ensure passenger safety. If a pilot or flight crew makes errors, an aviation accident may occur.
  • Faulty Equipment – Faulty aircraft equipment and/or mechanical failures are also common causes of aviation accidents.
  • Aircraft design flaws – The manufacturer of an aircraft is responsible for an aviation accident if the structural design of the aircraft is flawed, resulting in plane crashes.
  • Violation of FAA and NTSB regulations – If any regulations and safety standards set by the FAA and NTSB are violated, an aviation accident may occur.
  • Failure to properly fuel or maintain the aircraft – If service station workers neglect or fail to properly fuel the aircraft before takeoff or conduct adequate maintenance or repair, their negligence may result in aviation accidents.
  • Negligence of Federal Air Traffic Controllers – the failure of air traffic controllers to properly monitor the airways is also one of the causes of aviation accidents.

If you or someone you love has been seriously injured or killed in an aviation accident, you may be eligible to file an aviation lawsuit to seek compensation for your losses and suffering. An experienced aviation attorney can evaluate your case and determine the best course of action. Please contact us today to learn more about the causes of aviation accidents or to speak with a qualified aviation attorney who will protect your legal rights and maximize your interests.

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